We all have a happy place. For some it’s the simple comfort of an armchair and a cuppa on a rainy winter’s afternoon, while for others it’s sipping on cocktails on a sandy beach in Southern France. There’s the music lovers, finding transcendence as they dance around from one festival to another, and the people of good faith full of uninterrupted bliss in their place of worship.

Then there’s a handful of us who’ve found something a little different. We wear a knowing smile and a colourful aura, and we find happiness in a pod in Naas. We’re the one’s who’ve been lucky enough to discover floatation therapy, and we’re even luckier to have easy access, everyone of us, to our very own happy place in the form of Slí Beatha Float House. It opened its doors this time last year, and has since provided us with a tool to access the parts of ourselves we can sometimes lose in the fog of modern society.

Floatation therapy guides us through the process of consciously softening and releasing every centimetre of our bodies and our minds. In a pod of Epsom salts, we switch from seeing and thinking and feeling and sensing, into a hole in the universe, a beautiful blackness. Nothingness. And when we become nothing, we unleash everything.

While it is important to push & stretch & twist our bodies beyond their comfort zones to build strength and flexibility, it is equally (if not more) important to allow them to settle softly into themselves, relieving them of pain and tension and freeing our busy minds of stress and worry. In one of his many podcasts that address the topic, Duncan Trussell compares our bodies to a smartphone, explaining that in the same way our phones better function when we close down the apps, our bodies better function when we shut off the distractions. With floatation therapy we find that the more we empty ourselves and ring ourselves out like a wash cloth, the more full we become.

Every single one of us has within us an inner peace free from negativity and judgement where we have nowhere to go, nothing to do, no one to be. We may not always find it easy to access, but floatation therapy paves the path that guides us safely and gently into our own little sanctuary. Our very own happy place.

“I didn’t want any flowers, I only wanted to lie with my hands turned up and be utterly empty. How free it is, you have no idea how free.” (Sylvia Plath)

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